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Apple32GB iPod touch (White & Silver) (5th Generation)
 
4.9

(based on 235 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (152)
  • Sleek/compact (146)
  • Reliable (141)
  • Lots of storage (123)
  • Simple controls (121)

Cons

  • Short battery life (19)
  • Poor sound quality (4)
  • Difficult setup (3)

Best Uses

  • Anywhere (145)
  • Travel (76)
  • Commuting (58)
  • At work (46)
  • Gym / working out (42)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual listener (102), Avid listener (68), Audiophile (16)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (183), Business (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (110), Yes (90)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Apple iPod touch 32GB

The iPod Touch 5th generation has come a long way since the launch of the first generation iPod a few years go. There are several features that I love about this new Touch. My...Read complete review

The iPod Touch 5th generation has come a long way since the launch of the first generation iPod a few years go. There are several features that I love about this new Touch. My quick impressions so far after having used it for just under a week.

FORM FACTOR - The Touch is thinner than iPhone 5 though still has the same 4-inch retina display. The overall experience is significantly better using this device compared to the Touch 4. I was pretty happy with my Touch 4, but now looking at it after playing with the Touch 5, it just seems small! The 5 is thinner and lighter than even the iPhone 5. Very slick.

BODY - The back is anodized aluminum finish in amazing colors. The matte finish makes it less scratch-prone (at least so far it seems that way) compared to the steel-backed Touch 4. The body is slightly more rectangular and less curved than the 4, making it easier to use the side volume buttons. I honestly don't think a case is necessary for this device given its beautiful colors and fairly scratch-resistant body, but that again would be entirely a personal decision. Some folks are prone to dropping devices in which case a case is a must. My 2 cents - a transparent case would probably be best which at least allows the beauty of the device to come through. Putting on a thick black case on this would be doing it severe injustice!

CAMERA - The camera is in my opinion one of the best features of the Touch. The Touch has a 5MP camera, which I think is the same as the iPhone though I could be wrong on this. It gives 1080p recording in this slick device, makes me think back of the loaded camcorders we carried and converted tapes to DVDs, and that wasn't so long ago! The camera, same as the iPhone camera, gives the panoramic option which lets you capture a pretty wide angle shot. I tried this feature only in the house, but due to different lighting in the different areas that I was shooting, the picture didn't come out so well. I'm sure if taken with correct lighting or outdoors, the panoramic pictures would be spectacular. I wonder if the camera is meant to be the main feature of the Touch that Apple wants to push, given that they included a hand strap with the touch, just like most cameras come with.

A5 PROCESSOR - The difference in speed because of the A5 processor is quite noticeable, for the better. It makes the device much faster - for apps, loading videos, etc. For the few apps that I use often, the speed is remarkable.

EARBUDS - I don't use the Apple earphones because they have been uncomfortable for me personally. I tried the new earbuds and these fit much better. Sound quality maybe just about the same, at least I didn't notice any significant difference. I'm happy using my Bose or Sony headphones with the Touch. The speaker on the iPod is decent for light listening or watching videos. It's really not meant to give surround sound, but the speakers do their job fine.

CONNECTOR - The lightning connector is probably better for charging speeds and data transfer (I guess), but the only good thing that I find about this is that the cable can be inserted either way into the Touch. Unlike the previous 30-pin connector that could only be inserted one way up. One thing to note - and this might have just been me but I did see some reviews earlier to this effect - the USB end of the adapter is probably the same as all USBs. But, for some reason, when I plugged it in to my car charger, it got stuck in it. I struggled for a good 5 minutes to get it out. I had no problems with my 30-pin connector cable with this charger. I later read reviews for the car charger and other folks had mentioned the same thing. Not sure what the issue was, maybe just a few isolated events. But for now I am not using any non-Apple approved charger, even if it is just a USB charger. Another problem I have faced is that when I connect the iPod to the USB jack in my car, there are times when the sound comes through the iPod instead of the car speakers. The iPod is connected and shows "Accessory Connected". I then have to unlplug the device and plug it back in, and then it works fine. This has happened 2-3 times over the past few days. I'm not sure if this has to do with the lightning cable or the car's USB port.

SOFTWARE - It runs on iOS6 and the speed is amazing. Note that it doesn't have Google Maps which I sorely miss, but that's an issue more with iOS6 rather than the ouch itself. Hopefully Apple's maps will get better :) It has built-in Siri but I don't use Siri myself so can't comment on that.

It's hard to compare this with the iPhone because this is not a phone, though you can download Skype or Vonage Mobile and use these apps to turn the Touch into a makeshift phone. I guess it could be compared to other tablets which do pretty much the same thing as the Touch for the most part. A lot of the tablets are cheaper in price, though have less storage capacity and can't be used so efficiently as a camera, or an MP3 player while working out.

All in all I am very impressed and pleased with the Touch 5 so far. Whether to buy or upgrade to this device is entirely a personal decision depending on what you're looking for.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

It Does What It's Advertised to Do

I don't know how to rate this item. It does what it's advertised to do, but when I bought it I wasn't sure how useful it would be and Apple only provides a brief...Read complete review

I don't know how to rate this item. It does what it's advertised to do, but when I bought it I wasn't sure how useful it would be and Apple only provides a brief return period.

For me, its usefulness depends mostly on how many places I go and places I eat that have wi-fi. So far it looks like about half, making it less useful than I'd hoped. Also, making the device useful depends on finding applications that will let it do things you need. I'm still working on this and, unless I get rid of it, will probably be searching for months.

The built-in mail app has several weaknessess. It's a loooog time between mail checks when it's in sleep mode. It imported all the mail from one of my mailboxes (thousands of messages) and they have to be deleted one at a time. There is no way to do a mass delete. There's no convenient way to import contact addresses.

The browser works fine.

I haven't figured out how to make my apps that depend on maps (apps with maps, hmmm) to use google maps as the Apple maps leave something to be desired.

There's more, but hopfully you get the idea.

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5.0

They just keep getting better and better

By fred d.

from Knoxville, TN

About Me Casual Listener

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Set Up
  • Long Battery Life
  • Reliable Performance
  • Simple Controls
  • Sleek/Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Anywhere

    Comments about 32GB iPod touch (Space Gray) (5th Generation):

    The features are endless and set up is easy.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    It has a good beat, you can dance to it!

    By Rhon

    from Manchester, NH

    Comments about 32GB iPod touch (Blue) (5th Generation):

    I bought this because I wanted to upgrade from my very old iPod touch. I have some of my music on my iPhone, but not all of it. My old iPod touch held all my music and more. But I was fearful it would die on me soon, so I did something about it just in case. I am loving this one so far. Because it's a newer version, I have all my fun Apps back too. I lost all of them on my older version because of the iOS upgrades. anyway, it's clear, it works great, and I am happy.

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    5.0

    Unbelievable

    By Wildernessboy

    from Columbia, Maryland

    About Me Casual Listener

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Great Sound
    • Long Battery Life
    • Lots of Storage
    • Reliable Performance
    • Simple Controls
    • Sleek/Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Anywhere
      • At Work
      • Commuting
      • Travel

      Comments about 32GB iPod touch (Space Gray) (5th Generation):

      Bought this for my ten year old, and one for my 12 year old since they don't have phones. They can text people, and call people where there is WiFi., they can snapchat, instagram, pretty much everything an iPhone can do. 32gbs is unbelievable! I can't see them ever running out of space. The camera is awesome as well. Make sure you buy the iPod that has the rear camera, it's worth the extra few bucks. We go on a lot of long trips, so we just put on our WiFi hotspot on our phones, and they can use them when traveling for online games, etc.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      5.0

      perfect media player

      By shosho27

      from Minnesota

      Comments about 32GB iPod touch (Space Gray) (5th Generation):

      No matter if I want to listen to podcast or Spotify, the Ipod touch is a perfect medium to access all my audio and video content.

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      5.0

      ipod touch 32 gb I wil buy it again

      By hermes gc

      from gainesville, florida

      About Me Casual Listener

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Great Sound
      • Long Battery Life
      • Lots of Storage
      • Reliable Performance
      • Simple Controls
      • Sleek/Compact

      Cons

      • NONE

      Best Uses

      • Anywhere

      Comments about 32GB iPod touch (Space Gray) (5th Generation):

      personal use, i like it for liseining my music.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      These Things Are Still Fantastic

      By Simon609zp

      from Columbia, SC

      About Me Casual Listener

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Great Sound
      • Long Battery Life
      • Reliable Performance
      • Simple Controls
      • Sleek/Compact

      Cons

      • Can't Add Add'l Memory
      • Can't Add Additional Meme

      Best Uses

      • Anywhere

      Comments about 32GB iPod touch (Space Gray) (5th Generation):

      I had an iPod Touch 4th generation for almost 4 years and never left home without it. This is still as brilliant as ever - it just works effortlessly and flawlessly all the time. The retina display is much better than previous generations.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Awesome package

      By mpgunner

      from Seattle, wa

      About Me Avid Listener

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Long Battery Life
      • Lots of Storage
      • Reliable Performance
      • Sleek/Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Anywhere

        Comments about 32GB iPod touch (Blue) (5th Generation):

        For music, games and VOIP. Nice

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Fast and easy transaction

        By Villas Boas

        from Los Angeles, CA

        About Me Avid Listener

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Great Sound
        • Lots of Storage
        • Reliable Performance
        • Sleek/Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Anywhere
          • At Work
          • Gym / Working Out
          • Travel

          Comments about 32GB iPod touch (Space Gray) (5th Generation):

          Ordered an iPod from B&H and the service was efficient and very straightforward. Received my order within a couple of days and the shipping was free. Also, the price of the product was very competitive-best price I could find for a new iPod. Of course, it is a great product! Recommended.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          5.0

          very nice

          By fd

          from NJ

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Long Battery Life

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Anywhere

            Comments about 32GB iPod touch (White & Silver) (5th Generation):

            fast connection to wifi 5GHZ

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            5.0

            very pleased

            By philsfan

            from pa

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Reliable Performance
            • Simple Controls

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Anywhere

              Comments about 32GB iPod touch (White & Silver) (5th Generation):

              got as a gift for my wife to upgrade her old ipod and to use face time with family. it is everything that she expected without having to pay monthly fee for iphone. just as good i think as especially with wifi in the home

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              5.0

              excellent choice!

              By 2decadebrewer

              from N California

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Long Battery Life
              • Lots of Storage
              • Simple Controls
              • Sleek/Compact

              Cons

              • Built In Speaker Is So So
              • Poor Sound Quality

              Best Uses

              • Nighttime Listening

              Comments about 32GB iPod touch (White & Silver) (5th Generation):

              Great Decision to switch to Apple Ipod Touch, my 30GB zune finally crashed and burned, this ipod touch is the more then perfect replacement and I don't have to worry about Microsoft discontinuning the product or support!

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              32 g ipod Great

              By wiz

              from blackstone, ma

              About Me Casual Listener

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Great Sound
              • Long Battery Life
              • Lots of Storage
              • Reliable Performance
              • Simple Controls
              • Sleek/Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Anywhere
                • Travel

                Comments about 32GB iPod touch (Blue) (5th Generation):

                Fast ship

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                5.0

                this thing is freakin great

                By awesome

                from west virginia

                About Me Casual Listener

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Great Sound
                • Long Battery Life
                • Lots of Storage
                • Reliable Performance
                • Simple Controls
                • Sleek/Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Anywhere

                  Comments about 32GB iPod touch (Blue) (5th Generation):

                  awesome

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  Great product

                  By Drewgrad

                  from New Jersey

                  About Me Casual Listener

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Great Sound
                  • Long Battery Life
                  • Lots of Storage
                  • Reliable Performance
                  • Simple Controls
                  • Sleek/Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Anywhere

                    Comments about 32GB iPod touch (White & Silver) (5th Generation):

                    Top quality and great price.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

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                    4.0

                    great product

                    By jeeplover

                    from toledo, oh

                    About Me Casual Listener

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Long Battery Life
                    • Lots of Storage
                    • Reliable Performance
                    • Sleek/Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Anywhere

                      Comments about 32GB iPod touch (Pink) (5th Generation):

                      We love using facetime and that it has a front and back camera.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes

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                      5.0

                      Great Gift!

                      By Jacob

                      from New York

                      Verified Buyer
                      Staff Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Great Sound
                      • Long Battery Life
                      • Lots of Storage
                      • Reliable Performance
                      • Simple Controls
                      • Sleek/Compact

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about 32GB iPod touch (Pink) (5th Generation):

                          Well-received, works well and the shipping time was superb and better than expected! Ten Stars to the Customer Service as well!

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                          5.0

                          Love it

                          By djmomm

                          from Texas

                          Comments about 32GB iPod touch (Blue) (5th Generation):

                          Just got my ipod touch. Was able to take on my trip, I love it just what I needed and wanted.

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                          4.0

                          Nice product

                          By Bibliophile

                          from Sarasota Florida

                          Comments about 32GB iPod touch (White & Silver) (5th Generation):

                          Good choice for people who don't want to make phone calls from their mobile devices. Typical Apple design and performance. Does almost everything, pretty intuitive operation, easy set up. Earbuds a distinct improvement over the older models. These don't fall outOf your ears. Sound is good. Only disappointment is battery life, needs recharging pretty fast.

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                          4.0

                          my son loves it

                          By newport

                          from new york

                          Verified Buyer

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                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about 32GB iPod touch (Blue) (5th Generation):

                                light and thin. bought it for my 12 yaer old son. he loves it, can't get him off it

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal

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                                5.0

                                32 GB iPod

                                By cz

                                from afghanistan

                                About Me Casual Listener

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Great Sound
                                • Long Battery Life

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Anywhere
                                  • At Work
                                  • Commuting
                                  • Gym / Working Out
                                  • Travel

                                  Comments about 32GB iPod touch (Space Gray) (5th Generation):

                                  Love the Ipod, good size HD my daughter love sit.
                                  ITs an Apple so I don't use them, but my daughters enjoy them

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal
                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • Yes

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